Business & Finance: Meat Market to Navy E

Eight years ago Bill Eitel and Jack McCullough, two young California radio hams, set out to prove that they could make a vacuum tube higher powered and cheaper than anyone had ever made before. They had $5,000 put up by two friends, an empty meat market in San Bruno near San Francisco, and some practical experience in the laboratories of a nearby radio manufacturer, Heintz & Kaufman. Last week Bill and Jack had an enormous military-secret backlog, a new plant in the West besides their hugely expanded San Bruno factory, a long list of...

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